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JUBILEE CELEBRATION: Sr. Florence MacKenzie's 50th Anniversary of Religious Life

St. Joseph's Parish, Port Felix will be celebrating Florence MacKenzie's 50th Anniversary on September 21, 2014. Celebration of the Eucharist in the Parish Church at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the Parish Hall. Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters and Associates are invited to come and celebrate with Florence and with the Parish.

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A beautiful day at Quonnie over the Labor Day weekend became the setting for a conversation in response to the article by Sandra Schneiders that was a suggested “summer read.”  Eight of us from six different local communities entered easily and trustingly into a sharing of experiences of transition, challenge, and hope inherent in religious life in the present and in the years since Vatican II.  The sharing was personal and rich, the listening was open and deep, the attitude was compassionate and supportive.  Also, it served as a link between the summer reflection with Nancy Sylvester and the “Sabbath Sharing’s” that will unfold amongst us in the coming months.  Our take-home commitment was two-fold: (1) the need for continued reliance on the Holy Spirit, and (2) focus on being our most pure self.  Thus do we hope to meet, survive, and thrive in the ongoing challenge of renewal in contemporary religious life.

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50 Years of CND Presence in Guatemala (1964-2014)

Let us remember with gratitude the 50 years of CND courageous and committed life and ministry in the mission of Guatemala. We rejoice with the sisters, associates and others in the Región Nuestra Seňora de Guadalupe at this time. One expression of our concrete solidarity and joy during these anniversary celebrations will be the presence of Sisters Mary Corbett, Lorraine Costello, Joan Lewis, Paula Maher and Maura McGrath who ministered in Central America. We wish them a blest, joyous and safe journey. The following words by one of the “journeyers” gives us pause for proclaiming the greatness of God!

“I see this moment as a significant time of support, affirmation and celebration of the Central American women who have chosen to cast their lot among us. When I see who they have become, in their challenges and struggles--yes!--but also in the leadership they have assumed and exercise in such strength and capacity, this seems like a moment to celebrate and honour that.”

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